2013 has all but come to a close, and as we race through radio presets desperately trying to find something that isn't unpleasantly early holiday tunes, we're reminded of what a fabulous year it was for music. The festivals were great, the albums were even better, and we all have a newfound understanding of what "just being Miley" really means. But the night is young, and one of the most-anticipated albums of the year is fresh off the presses... and 50 years in the making. Beatles Reimagined, an album dedicated to those mop-topped youngsters of yore that taught our parents how to love, will be celebrated this Sunday, Nov. 24, from 11am - 2pm, with an epic release party at NoHo staple The Federal Bar.
This album is far more than a tribute album. The genesis came in 2012 when The Adage Group partnered with Round Hill music and purchased the North American publishing rights to songs from the Beatles 1963 breakout hits “I Saw Her Standing There,”“She Loves You,” “From Me To You,” “Misery,” “There’s A Place” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.” Adage CEO Herb Jordan, and legendary music business entrepreneur Owen Husney of Zoom-Muzic, executive produced BEATLES REIMAGINED and assembled a twenty-something production team including Tim Anderson (ImaRobot, Solange) and Kevin Carvel (Atlantic Records, A&M/Octone, NBC’s “The Voice”).
But that's just the paperwork. The beauty, dear reader, is the vision that gives this compilation soul. The rules were simple. Each artist had to be indie, none of the artists could be born in the era of the Beatles, none of the recordings could sound like a Beatles cover and all of the songs are from 1963-1964, the breakout period for the Beatles. Like The Beatles themselves, from those confines came something wild and unprecedented.
From the disco sizzle of Night Panther to the earnest folkiness of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, a vast array of genres are poked, prodded, and produced in this one-of-a-kind endeavor. Not enough for you? $@#% it, we'll do it live. Come on down to The Federal Bar this Sunday where Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will host the release party with performances from fellow Beatles Reimagined artists Mobley, Doom & Gloom, The Well Pennies and Gypsy Death Star. Now that's love.
And with a love like that, you know you should be glad.
THE HARD DEETS
Where: The Federal Bar, North Hollywood.
When: Sunday, Nov. 24 11am - 2pm.